Pardoned Lanuza flying home a free man


Rodelio Celestino Lanuza. FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—After 13 years of imprisonment in Saudi Arabia, pardoned Rodelio “Dondon” Lanuza is now on his way home, Vice President Jejomar Binay  announced on  Wednesday.

Binay, also presidential  adviser on Overseas Filipino Workers’ (OFW) Concerns, said  Lanuza will arrive from Dammam Thursday, September 19.

“I would like to announce that tomorrow afternoon, our compatriot who have long been jailed , who was sentenced to death in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, is arriving. He is Dondon Lanuza,” he said during an interview on the sidelines of the Regional Scouts Summit in Leyte.

Lanuza was sentenced to death in 2001 for killing a Saudi national, who had allegedly tried to   rape him the year before. He was pardoned after paying the victim’s family 3 million Saudi Riyal or about P35 million in blood money.

The Philippine government and supporters of Lanuza raised the equivalent of 700,000 Saudi Riyal while King Abdullah paid the remaining amount.

Binay then reiterated his thanks to the government of Saudi Arabia, especially to King Abdullah, for shouldering 2.3 million Saudi Riyal of Lanuza’s blood money.

“This is a rare instance where the king of Saudi Arabia contributed millions of pesos to save someone’s life,” said the  Vice President.

“We would like to again extend our thanks to the king of Saudi Arabia, to private groups, and to our Embassy for their effort,”  he said.

Binay also commended Ambassador Ezzedin Tago and the staff of the Philippine Embassy-Riyadh for their role in helping secure Lanuza’s freedom.

Tago told Binay that Lanuza would go straight to his home in Sampaloc, Manila upon arrival.


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  • opinyonlangpo

    In a way this man should be regarded as a hero and should be treated as such. He killed a man who tried to sodomize him, it sends a chilling message to all those barbaric people who will try to do the same act to other Filipinos. I wonder if some government official is going to give him a hero’s welcome and help him reintegrate into the society. And how much did Binay paid from his pocket for the blood money? He seems to claim credit for the release.

  • jojotolentino

    Binay – Too obvious he’s positioning himself wherever there’s a TV camera or a reporter. Ngayon naman, negotiator vs MNLF. Hay naku

    • Boypickup555

      Kahit ano pa ang gawin ni Binay, alam na ng bayan ang dapat ihatol sa kanya…
      Hwag na sya mag ambisyon ,BISTADO NA KARA NYA.

  • jojotolentino

    Article better without Binay

  • PinoyMundo Biz

    Bakit di pinasalamatan yung mga karaniwang Pilipino/OFW’s na nag-contribute ng pera? Private groups lang ang binanggit?

    • juan de la cruz

      that’s a typical politician. Binay wants the support of the private group for his campaign funding now that pork issue is too hot and might be going off. and who are those individual whom he wants to give thanks anyway. they are just ordinary filipino whom he can still fool. and he (binay) gets a credit for just announcing this issue.
      binay did nothing, and he deserve no credit on this matter. He is just a SOB.

  • bogli_anakdami

    criminal lanuza for fliplang prez 2016…
    he will fit right in, di ba? yun lang

  • Bjdc

    This is good news. However, and please don’t get me wrong, saving a life is good, but i only want to ask, is he a hero? With the ongoing media hype, he seems like one. Is this really because of him? Or is this for binay’s credit? As in, the credit for binay’s help MUST be emphasized? It’s all about politics again, isn’t it, binay?

    • abudahbi

      Good point. Also, don’t get me wrong if I ask, has it been proven that the killing was justified? If so, it still baffles me how he seems to be hailed as a hero. What about the poor DHs who come home battered and severely abused by their employers? Did they even get a fraction of that amount to assist them in starting over when they get home?

  • PhoenixPoliticalParty

    Isang buhay na naligtas na dapat ikagalak ng sambayanan. Maligayang bati sa kanyang pagtapak na muli sa tinubuang lupa. Nawa ay magsilbing isa na namang aral sa ating lipunan, na iwasang ipagtulakan ang bulaklak ng lahi na mangibang bayan.

  • arvid aluran

    ibalik yan sa kulugan. wala man lang pagsasalamat na nasabi

  • abudahbi

    It appears that he killed the man a year after the rape attempt. So the killing was not in self-defense but premeditated. When has vendetta killing become acceptable?

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